Newport Beach, CA & Gilbert, AZ • Sessions by appointment only

Orange County Senior Portrait Photography

Orange County Senior Portrait Photography

Karyssa rocked her senior portrait session at the Back Bay! The yellow flowers are starting to bloom all over the place (which always look amazing in photos!) There are so many great choices when it comes to locations for Orange County Senior Portrait sessions. The Newport Beach Back Bay is one of our favorites during this time of the year! Most of our seniors from out of state choose the beach, which is only 10 minutes from this location.

10 Fun Facts about the Newport Beach Back Bay

  1. The Back Bay is a 1000 acre Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve in Newport Beach, CA.
  2. It connects the upper Newport bay to Newport Harbor.
  3. 80 species of fish and 200 species of birds live in the area.
  4. The Santa Ana River formed the Back Bay over many years.
  5. Native American Indians lived in this area as far back as 9,000 years ago!
  6. In 1870, a steamship used the Back Bay to deliver lumber to new settlers in the area. This is how “New Port” got it’s name.
  7. The area was used for a salt factory from 1930-1969 when it was destroyed by a flood.
  8. Work to restore the area began in the 1970’s.
  9. Destined to become a water skiing area, locals fought in court for 10 years and got it stopped.
  10. In the 1980’s the Back Bay would be considered an Ecological Reserve and protected.


Gilmore Studios is a team of maternity, newborn, children, high school seniors, and family photographers in Orange County, CA. Contact us for more info about booking your studio or on location session in the Southern California area. Brian and Jennifer Gilmore specialize in studio & natural light photography in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, and surrounding areas in OC and Los Angeles, CA. Call 949-698-3968 or email us to book your 2018 Orange County senior portrait photography session.

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For Photographers

Gilmore Studios is always interested in ways to help fellow photographers. If you are interested in learning more, then please feel free to visit our For Photographers page. We offer online and in-person coaching, workshops, and opportunities to join our team. You can contact us anytime. We’d love to hear from you!



Meet the Gilmores:

Gilmore Studios is a husband and wife team that serves Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego areas. We specialize in fine wedding photography, family portraits, and newborn photography. Our studio has been in business since 2002.

Fun Facts:

PLace we call home:

Newport Beach

Number of kids:

3 boys

Years in business:

Since 2002

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Family photography

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Newport Beach, CA & Gilbert, AZ

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